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Brinkmanship between North Korea and South Korea heats up, and Israel launches airstrikes against Syria. Here's what you need to know.
A South Korean soldier at a barricade near the border. (Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has ordered his military units into a "semi-war state" with South Korea after the countries traded rocket and artillery fire on Thursday; there were no casualties, but it was the most significant such incident in five years.
On August 16, the US and South Korea began annual joint military exercises, which the North denounced as training for an invasion; a few days later, on Thursday, the North fired at the South, and the South responded.
The Israeli government is already connecting the rocket attacks to the Iran nuclear deal; Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon alleged the rocket strikes were a "preview of a richer and more murderous Iran” after sanctions are lifted.
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